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What is the praise of man to me, that have one foot in the grave,

and am stepping into the land whence I shall not return? Therefore, I dare no more write in a fine style than wear a fine coat. But were it otherwise, had I time to spare, I should still write just as I do. I should purposely decline, what many admire, a highly ornamented style. I cannot admire French oratory: I despise it from my heart. Let those that please be in raptures at the pretty, elegant sentences of Massillon or Bourdaloue ; but give me the plain, nervous style of Dr. South, Dr Bates, or Mr. John Howe: and for elegance, show me any French writer who exceeds Dean Young or Mr. Seed. Let who will admire the French frippery; I am still for plain, sound English.

6. I think a preacher, or a writer of sermons, has lost his way, when he imitates any of the French orators; even the most famous of them; even Massillon or Bourdaloue. Only let his language be plain, proper, and clear, and it is enough. God himself has told us how to speak, both as to the matter and the manner : If any man speak,” in the name of God, “ let him speak as the oracles of God;" and if he would imitate any part of these above the rest, let it be the First Epistle of St. John. This is the style, the most excellent style, for every gospel preacher. And let him aim at no more ornament than he finds in that sentence, which is the sum of the whole gospel, “We love him, because he first loved us."

London, Jan. 1, 1788



SERMON LIX.-On Eternity.


From everlasting to everlasting thou art God, Psalm xc, 2


SERMON LX.- On the Trinity.

There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy

Ghost : and these three are one, 1 John v, 7 .


SERMON LXI.- God's Approbation of his Works.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good, Gene.

sis i, 31


SERMON LXII.- On the Fall of Man.

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return, Genesis iii, 19


SERMON LXIII.- On Predestination.

Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of

his Son :-whom he did predestinate, them he also called : and whom he called,

them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified, Romans

viü, 29, 30


SERMON LXIV.-God's Love to Fallen Man.

Not as the offence, so also is the free gift, Romans v, 15


SERMON LXV.- The General Deliverance.

The earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons

of God.

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him

that subjected it:

Yet in hope that the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of

corruption, into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.

For we know that the whole creation groaneth, and travaileth in pain together

until now, Romans viii, 19-22


Sermon LXVI.— The Mystery of Iniquity.

The mystery of iniquity doth already work, 2 Thessalonians ii, 7 . 57

SERMON LXVII. - The End of Christ's Coming.

For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works

of the devil, 1 John iii, 8


SERMON LXVIII.—The General Spread of the Gospel.

The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea,

Isaiah xi, 9


SERMON LXIX.—The New Creation.

Behold I make all things new, Revelation xxi, 5


SERMON LXX.— The Duty of Reproving our Neighbour.

Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy

neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him, Leviticus xix, 17


Sermon LXXI.- The Signs of the Times.

Ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

Matthew xvi, 3


SERMON LXXII.- On Divine Providence.

Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered, Luke xii, 7


SERMON LXXIII.- The Wisdom of God's Counsels.

Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God, Romans


Sermon LXXIV.—The Imperfection of Human Knowledge.

We know in part, 1 Corinthians xiii, 9


SERMON LXXV.- The Case of Reason Impartially Considered.

Brethren, be not children in understanding : howbeit in malice be ye children, but

in understanding be men, 1 Corinthians xiv, 20


SERMON LXXVI.-On Good Angels.

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be

heirs of salvation, Hebrews i, 14


Sermon LXXVII.-On Evil Angels.

We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in

high places, Ephesians vi, 12



Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, Mark ix, 48 147

SERMON LXXIX.-On the Church.

I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are callod, with

all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love;

endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is

one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling ; One

Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and

through all, and in you all, Ephesians iv,




That there might be no schism in the body, 1 Corinthians xii, 25


SERMON LXXXI.-On Perfectiòn.

Let us go on unto perfection, Hebrews vi, 1


SERMON LXXXII.-Spiritual Worship.

This is the true God, and eternal life, 1 John v, 20 ,


SERMON LXXXIII.-On Spiritual Idolatry.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols, 1 John v, 21


Sermon LXXXIV.- On Dissipation.

This I speak .... that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction, 1 Corinth-

iahs vii, 35


Sermon LXXXV.-On Friendship with the World.

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is

enmity with God? Whosoever, therefore, desireth to be a friend of the world,

is an enemy of God, James iv, 4


SERMON LXXXVI.-In what Sense we are to leave the World.

Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not

the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

And I will be to you a Father, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the

Lord Almighty, 2 Corinthians vi, 17, 18


SERMON LXXXVII.-On Temptation.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: And God is

faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able ; but will

with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it,

Corinthians a, 13


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SERMON XC.-On Working out our own Saloation.

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God that work-

eth in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure, Phil. ii, 12, 13 233

SERMON XCI. A Call to Backsliders.

Will the Lord absent himself for ever? and will he be no more entreated ?

Is his mercy clean gone for ever? and is his promise come utterly to an end for

evermore? Psalm lxxvii, 7,8


SERMON XCII.- The Danger of Riches.

They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and

hurtful desires, which drown men in destruction and perdition, 1 Timothy

vi, 9



Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of .... wearing of gold, or

of putting on of apparel.

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even

the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great

price, 1 Peter iii, 3, 4


Sermon XCIV.The More Excellent Way.

Covet earnestly the best gifts; and yet I show unto you a more excellent way,

1 Corinthians xii, 31

SERMON XCV.-An Israelite indeed.

Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile, John i, 47


SERMON XCVI.- On Charity.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am

become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all

knowledge; and though I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, and have

not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and give my body to be

burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing, 1 Cor. xiii, 1-3. 279


It is good to be always zealously affected in a good thing, Galatians iv, 18


SERMON XCVIII.-On Redeeming the Time.

Redeeming the time, Ephesians v, 16


SERMON XCIX.-On Family Religion.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, Joshua xxiv, 15


SERMON C.- On the Education of Children.

Train up a child in the way wherein he should go, and when he is old he will not

depart from it, Proverbs xxii, 6


SERMON CI.On Obedience to Parents.

Children, obey your parents in all things, Colossians iii, 20


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SERMON CII.- On Obedience to Pastors.

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves : for they

watch over your souls, as they that shall give account, that they may do

this with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you, Hebrews

xiii, 17

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SERMON CIII.-On Visiting the Sick.

I was sick, and ye visited me, Matthew 36


SERMON CIV.—The Reward of the Righteous.

Preached before the Humane Society.

Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the

foundation of the world, Matthew xxv, 34


SERMON CV.-On Pleasing all Men.

Let every man please his neighbour for his good to edification, Romans xv, 2 344

SERMON CVI.— The Duty of Constant Communion.

Do this in remembrance of me, Luke xxii, 19


SERMON CVII.-On Former Times.

Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these?

For thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this, Ecclesiastes vii, 10 357

Sermon CVIII.-On, What is Man?

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and stars, which

thou hast ordained; what is man? Psalm viii, 3, 4


SERMON CIX.-On Attending the Church Service.

The sin of the young men was very great, 1 Samuel ii, 17


SERMON CX.-On Conscience.

For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, 2 Corinthians i, 12 376


Without faith it is impossible to please him, Hebrews xi, 6


SERMON CXII.-On God's Vineyard.

What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it?

Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth

wild grapes ? Isaiah v, 4



It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to

enter into the kingdom of God, Matthew xix, 24


SERMON CXIV.-On, What is man?

What is man? Psalm viii, 4


SERMON CXV.-On the Discoveries of Faith.

Now faith is the evidence of things not seen, Hebrews xi, 1


SERMON CXVI.-On the Omnipresence of God.

Do I not fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord, Jeremiah xxiii, 24


SERMON CXVII.- The Rich Man and Lazarus.

If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though

one rose from the dead, Luke xvi, 31


SERMON CXVIII.The Difference between Walking by Sight, and Walking

by Faith.

alks by faith, not by sight, 2 Corinthians v, 7


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